Unconventional Party: Columbus counters Cleveland's Republican National Convention with PromoWest Fest and the Alternative Press Music Awards

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This week, politicians, press members and protesters will descend on Cleveland en masse for the Republican National Convention.

Here in Columbus - a city once in the running to host the 2016 RNC - we're gearing up for a musical invasion led by the likes of the Flaming Lips, Snoop Dogg and Marilyn Manson.

Beginning Friday, July 15, the inaugural PromoWest Fest and the Alternative Press Music Awards are set to take place over four consecutive days. PromoWest Fest runs Friday through Sunday, July 15-17 in the Arena District and features headliners Flaming Lips, Snoop and Modest Mouse, and the AP Music Awards hit the Schottenstein Center on Monday, July 18 with a pop-punk-heavy roster that includes performers A Day to Remember, Andy Black and local upstarts Beartooth.

"We wanted to keep [the AP Music Awards] in Ohio, and Columbus made sense. Let's treat it like, 'OK, all the parents are up in Cleveland at the RNC, so we're going to go have a party in Columbus while they're out of town,'" saidAlternative Press founder Mike Shea (the ceremony, traditionally held in Cleveland, relocated this year to make room for the RNC). "We're kinda doing a mock political convention at our show. …It'll be interesting to see what happens onstage considering what's going on in Cleveland. I mean, you've got Marilyn Manson showing up. Who knows what he'll say?"

Read on to learn a bit more about each event before casting your ballot (i.e. purchasing a ticket) for either one.

PromoWest Fest

4 p.m. Friday, July 15 and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17

McFerson Commons

218 West St.,

Arena District


AP Music Awards

7:30 p.m. Monday,

July 18

Schottenstein Center

555 Borror Dr., Campus